to Choose a Web Designer
you commission someone to design your web site ask yourself these
questions. It might even be helpful to write down the answers and
bring them with you when you have your consultation with your web
will be the primary purpose of my website? To market a business,
service or product? To provide information to the general public?
my service or product a localized commodity? OR...Am I looking
to expand my market?
is my target audience?
I interested in selling my products and service online?
will I generate return customers/readers?
can I add to my site to make it stand out, and be useful to my
readers/customers so they will return?
do I plan on marketing my site?
I want to participate in affiliate programs, webrings, banner advertising?
After you determine
what your needs are, you will need to ask some questions of your
designer to determine if she or he will be able to meet your needs.
site design what services does the designer provide? Will
you submit my site with the major search engines? Will my site
be properly indexed? Will you pursue linking my sites to similar
sites? What if any marketing is provided?
Most Designers do just that, design web sites. In addition most good
designers make sure your site has appropriate titles, keywords, and
descriptions built in so that the search engines properly index your
site. A web designer also helps you find hosting for your web site,
and uploads and manages the technical aspects of your site. That however
is where the job of the web designer ends. Think of your website like
a business card, do you expect your business card printer to distribute
your cards for you? To
learn more about marketing your site, click here.
Who will provide the written copy for my site? Am I going to
provide the designer with the written copy, or do I expect the designer
to write the copy?
If you are planning on
writing your own copy, you will have to agree with the designer on
the manner in which it is going to be delivered. Are you going to
give your web designer electronic files, and if so what format, or
are you going to give the designer printed materials, that will have
to be input by hand or scanned?
If your designer is going
to write the copy, then you have to agree on a guideline as to how
changes will be handled, and when is the copy "final".
Who will provide the graphics for my site? Do I already have
a logo, and other images I want used on my site or do I expect the
web designer to provide the graphics?
are even if you already have a logo and other images you want to
use on your site, you will still want some graphic work done such
as buttons, banner art, and backgrounds. You will have to make sure
that the art your designer uses is free of any copyright infringements.
How will maintenance, upgrading, and changes to my site be handled?
sites require some maintenance and updating. Site addresses should
be submitted to search engines at least once a month, and to keep
your site interesting you will want to change the content on a regular
How will ecommerce on my site be managed?
If you are going
to be taking orders online, then you will need to either learn how
to handle the transactions yourself, or hire someone who can do it
for you, possibly your web designer. This is something that needs
to be agreed upon before your site goes live.